Friday, May 4, 2012

You Oughta Be in Pictures: F is for Feminism. And Frankie.

As soon as Kady called dibs on this one, I realized what an AWESOME choice this was. Frankie is definitely ready for her close-up.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E.Lockhart

It's one of my favorite books of all time. With Frankie, E. Lockheart created a protagonist who, though severely SEVERELY flawed, is one of the few truly feminist characters in YA. By no means should Frankie EVER be considered a role model, but I want to be her nonetheless and her exploits would make a great movie.

Why I Think It Would Make a Good Movie: The clever language, the daring adventures and pranks, the pristine boarding school setting. Really, take your pick. There hasn't been a great high school movie since Bring It On (I'm willing to hear arguments to the contrary, but come prepared with something a little stronger than American Pie 2 or A Cinderella Story, I'm begging you) and I think it's high time for a fun, escapist adventure of what we all wish our high school experience could have been. Because really, who among us hasn't dreamed of that summer ugly duckling transformation, catching the eye of the cutest guy (or girl) around and then realizing that this brand perfection is kind of boring and totally blowing up the status quo?

Dream Casting: I'm going to stick to the three heavys- Frankie, Matthew Livingston, and Alpha and let you guys fill in the background characters like Ruth and Trish on your own.

Director/Screenwriter: Amy Heckerling is the lady responsible for Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless (my personal holy grail of high school movies). She's got an ear for stylized dialogue and a truly biting comic sensibility. I can't think of anyone who is better situated to adapt The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and she would make sure that there's a banging soundtrack.

Frankie Landau-Banks: So we want someone who is pretty, but who doesn't seem to know it yet. Someone sarcastic and tough with obvious intelligence, who also does giant romantic, swoony girl really well. Someone  mature enough to be able to step back and recognize a situation that is totally whack- an all boys secret society? In this day and age? Puh-lease. But still young and innocent enough to think that it can be solved through a prank war. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Jane Levy from TV's Suburgatory.

Matt Lauria
Image from here.
Matthew Livingston: Matthew is great; he's super cute, smart, and popular to boot. He likes Frankie because she's pretty and smart and involved with a lot of activities that he approves of. He's not a bad guy, he just sees Frankie in a certain way and keeps her in that box with no room for the different facets of her personality and burgeoning sense of right and wrong. All he wants to do is protect a girl who is perfectly capable of taking care of herself. So for Matthew we need someone cute, kinda bookish and really, really oblivious. He's kind of my go-to these days, but if he's willing to go back to high school then Matt Lauria from Friday Night Lights would do a fine job.

Alpha: Oh, Alpha, I don't know if anyone can truly pull off Alpha. He's daring and clever, a complete enigma and he has to BRING IT with the restrained swoon when dealing with Frankie. Think Logan Echolls to Frankie's Veronica Mars, or Marcus Flutie to her Jessica Darling. Maybe Nicolas Hoult from X-Men: First Class?

Nicholas Hoult
Used under creative commons license
from  quicheisinsane


Chloe said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. Your whole post just made me so excited! Haha This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. Someone please make this into a movie like, now.

nico said...

We TOTALLY agree! Hollywood, hear our call! :) Thanks for reading!